Our decision to grant admission to MSA is determined by your completed application, teacher recommendations, grades, interviews and auditions.  We choose students who will contribute to our artistic community and who can succeed in an innovative academic environment.

Follow these steps to apply:

STEP ONE: Fill out following form to be in contact with a one our Admissions Representatives – CONTACT US

STEP TWO: Join us for an Open Class or sign up for a Virtual Shadow Day

STEP THREE: Submit your application and fee – 2021-2022 Application.

STEP FOUR: Request teacher recommendations and transcripts from current school Transcript Request Form | English Teacher Recommendation Form | Math Teacher Recommendation Form | Principal/Counselor Recommendation Form.

STEP FIVE: Attend an Audition: See audition requirements here.


After the first grading period, please have your current math and English teacher complete the recommendation form found on the admissions page.  Recommendation forms should be mailed directly to Metropolitan School of the Arts, Admissions Office, at 5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4 – Alexandria, VA 22315. Recommendations can also be emailed to

We require grades from last school year and at least one term of the current school year. Please sign the Transcript Release form and submit it to your current school.  Your school will send your transcript and current grades to MSA.

Feel free to contact the Admissions Office by phone, email or in person. 703.339.0444 or

Mail completed application to:
5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4
Alexandria, VA 22315